Category: Education and Youth

Pitt Students: Enter the Randall Family Big Idea Competition!

Pitt Students: Enter the Randall Family Big Idea Competition!

University of Pittsburgh students have a fantastic opportunity to engage in innovation and entrepreneurship — and win up to a $25,000 grand prize with a total of $100,000 in cash prizes being awarded! The Randall Family Big Idea Competition is an “experience-based learning opportunity” offered to all University of Pittsburgh undergraduate and graduate students across all schools and departments. It fosters interdisciplinary synergy as applicants must be comprised of teams of at least two members and these members must be from at least two different schools/departments.

Pittsburgh Schools Take the “Be There” Attendance Challenge

Pittsburgh Schools Take the “Be There” Attendance Challenge

Did you know that students who miss roughly two days a month of school starting in kindergarten average lower reading and math levels as late as the 5th grade? Moreover, according to United Way in an article in The Northside Chronicle, student attendance is significantly lower in the month of February. This is why the United Way of Southwestern PA has launched their “Be There” campaign initiative which is focused on increasing student attendance during the month of February–and, hopefully, beyond.

Join the Union Project at their 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Join the Union Project at their 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

As part of their mission to have a neighborhood space where people can come together to connect and create, the Union Project holds an annual celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This will be the 14th year for this event which honors his legacy and helps to continue his work by bridging gaps between communities and promoting nonviolence. It will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, with doors opening at 2:30.

Your Input Wanted in the Search for Next Pittsburgh Superintendent of Schools

Your Input Wanted in the Search for Next Pittsburgh Superintendent of Schools

With the departure of current Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane set for June, the search is on for the next superintendent. The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools is using the month of January to gather community input on what constituents want to see in the next Superintendent. They have a variety of ways that you can voice your opinions, including holding public forums. The forums are for everyone — community members, students, parents, teachers, administrators, elected officials, business partners, foundations, etc.

Join Charlie Batch for the 10th Annual “Batch A Toys” on Tuesday!

Join Charlie Batch for the 10th Annual “Batch A Toys” on Tuesday!

Winnie wishes you a Merry Christmas!, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from NathanC835’s photostream There are many in our community that are in need–and it’s felt the hardest during the holiday season. You can help families in the Pittsburgh area by accepting Charlie Batch’s challenge and help him stuff a giant, inflatable present with […]

Cause an Effect: Eat at Chipotle to Raise Funds for Student Conservation Association

Cause an Effect: Eat at Chipotle to Raise Funds for Student Conservation Association

The mission of the Student Conservation Association (SCA) is to build the next generation of conservation leaders. They engage young people (age 15 to young adults) in hands-on service to the environment in order to inspire lifelong stewardship of the land. They target high school and college students, or recent graduates interested in green careers from all 50 states and from all socio-economic backgrounds.

Check Out These Fun, Outdoor, Evening Adventures for Families

Check Out These Fun, Outdoor, Evening Adventures for Families

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy once again is offering events that bring families outdoors for fall fun. The annual Bump in the Night and Night Explorers events celebrate the life and sounds of the parks at night. They also offer a nice alternative to spooky events commonly found at this time of year which are sometimes hard for little ones to handle.

Mayor William Peduto Announces Free Afterschool Meal Program

Mayor William Peduto Announces Free Afterschool Meal Program

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 24, 2015) – Over a meal of mini twin cheeseburgers, whole fruit juice cup, fresh baby carrots and fat free chocolate milk, Mayor William Peduto broke bread with a group of students today at Ammon Recreation Center to launch the city’s free afterschool meals program.

My Brother’s Keeper Pittsburgh, Allegheny County To Host Two Public Forums

My Brother’s Keeper Pittsburgh, Allegheny County To Host Two Public Forums

PITTSBURGH, PA  (September 17, 2015) – Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh are hosting two Deliberative Forums on the My Brother’s Keeper Local Action Plan to provide a more robust way for community members to give feedback on the recommendations listed in the plan.

Alphabet Trail and Tales: Pittsburgh’s Largest Read Aloud

Alphabet Trail and Tales: Pittsburgh’s Largest Read Aloud

Each year, Citiparks celebrates the joy of reading with “Alphabet Trail and Tales.” This is an annual event and is free for the whole family. “Alphabet Trail and Tales” focuses on early and elementary literacy. Children follow the Alphabet Trail from A to Z where the best in children’s books is presented. This year, the books being read are Caps for Sale, Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move, Number One SamTops and Bottoms and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.